Monday, August 20, 2012

My Rant Against The Bible

I woke up this morning with a burning desire in my gut to rant against the Bible. I didn’t have any reason whatsoever to carry on my rant, till a Facebook friend gave me a reason. He shared a picture about the Bible. This is a picture that has made its rounds on Facebook and whenever I see it, my fists clench involuntarily.

Here is the picture:

This picture reminded me of those days in the Roman Catholic high school I attended where kids used to sleep with Bibles under their pillows to chase away bad dreams. I don’t know how that works, but I am very sure that it didn’t work for me because I didn’t sleep with a Bible under my pillow and I never had any nightmares.

From the time it was compiled about 400 years ago, the Bible has risen to prominence to become the World’s undisputed Number 1 bestseller, translated into almost every language on earth. It has been used as a text book in schools and as a constitution in many civilisations. The Bible has been used to start wars and to end them. Countless numbers of people have died, trying to protect the sacred book.

My question today is, is it really worth it?

Reading the statements in the picture above makes me wonder, how did people survive without the Bible? I am persuaded to believe that either there is no devil, or these allegations are totally unfounded. If it was true, then the most unfortunate people on earth, the ones that would be haunted by the devil most, would be the illiterate.

Have you ever wondered how people existed before the Bible? If you are a Christian and have been well-bred in church, then you’ve most probably been deceived about the power the Bible yields. And if you’ve watched Christian Nigerian movies, then you’ve seen a pastor waving a Bible over demons and lightning shooting out of the big black book, causing the demons to disintegrate into a thousand pieces. All this feeds us with the lies that the Bible is a supernatural charm of sorts.

But hey! Let me burst your bubble! The Bible is not really that powerful a book! Guys in the early church managed to live without it, and they had a better Christian experience than what most Christians experience today.

So if you have any problem and you go to a pastor or counsellor and they tell you to read your Bible more often or longer, then that’s a lie.

Even Jesus spoke against the Bible. He said, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. (John 5:39, 40, NKJV)

Phew! My rant is done! And I said all of this so I could tell you one simple truth: The Bible is simply ink and paper—a piece of trash— without God breathing His life into it.

Read carefully.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Unconditional Love?

Yesterday I told a friend that I loved her. She told me to explain to her which kind of love that was. “I hope it’s Agape,” she said.
That got me thinking, who in this world has got agape love? Please help me. I am looking for someone who loves without condition. Send me an email when you find one, because I have failed.
Last year, a friend of mine and I wrote a song. These are the words of the bridge:

I wouldn’t have you if you were ugly
You wouldn’t care if I was a fool
So tell me what you call love
Cuz I never knew you
I wouldn’t have you if you were unknown
You wouldn’t care if I was poor
So tell me what you call love
Cuz I never knew you
I never knew you.

That is my idea about love. Please correct me if I am wrong. All I know is, everyone loves you for either who you are or what you have. Take, for example, a mother’s love—the purest form of love on earth. I doubt whether that mother would love her child the same way if the child were not hers.
I must admit that there are some very loving people in the world. One of them was Mother Teresa. And I salute her. The world is a much better place because of people like her. While I don’t know Mother Teresa personally, from my own observation, I have realised that most people who love the disadvantaged wouldn’t love them if they were not in that state. Therefore, their love for people in need is with the condition that the recipient of the love is in need.
The people who boast in loving unconditionally love on condition that they take nothing from the recipient of their love so that people can think that their love is unconditional. The feeling of loving unconditionally is a condition in itself.
So who the hell can stand up and boast of loving unconditionally?
I’ve been loved unconditionally before, so I am not trying to complain. I have friends and family members who have loved me without condition. But that love is not always there. I don’t see it every day. And I only see it when these people let God love me through them.
I have learnt my lesson. I never demand to be loved unconditionally. And I don’t try to love unconditionally. But when I love unconditionally, great stuff always happens, because it’s not all the time, and whenever it happens, it is always God loving these people through me.
Only God is love. Only God is capable of loving without condition. And he always loves through people. If you want to love me without condition, don’t try. Simply let God love me through you.
Those are my thoughts on unconditional love. What are yours?